Premier League Preview: Southampton vs. Liverpool

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  • Reds lead all-time 50W-22D-28L
  • Sides haven’t played 0-0 since 2000
  • Saints took four of six pts last season
  • But Reds won 6-1 in League Cup

Liverpool defends first place for the first time when it hits St. Mary’s for a date with Southampton on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. EDT on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Saints manager Claude Puel swears his club can try to match Liverpool’s pace and mentality, despite their 12 goals on the season being a bit behind the Reds’ 30.

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There are a bevy of ex-Saints making a return to St. Mary’s, with Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, and Sadio Mane all with Liverpool now.

What they’re saying

Jay Rodriguez on matching up with former Saints“It’s normal to come up against old teammates. You just need to be as professional as possible. During the game you are very focused on the match itself.”

Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius on the match“We are at the top now and we don’t want to give it away after just one game. That’s the biggest aim we have – to stay there. That’s motivation enough. That’s our big goal, to stay up there.”

Prediction

Since it’s natural to expect finishing from both sides, might we see a surprise defensive showdown. Between Virgil Van Dijk and Jose Fonte, Saints have the skills to help slow Liverpool. We’ll call it 1-1 at St. Mary’s.